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The first and most important conference on P2P
O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference
Westin St. Francis Hotel -- San Francisco, California
February 14-16, 2001


The Two-Way Web: An Interoperable Foundation for P2P

Rohit Khare, Director, CommerceNet Labs

Track: Technical Track
Date: Wednesday, February 14
Time: 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Location: Georgian Room

Putative 'P2P' working groups overlook what already works. If what the P2P world needs is a platform for rapidly prototyping real-time person-to-person graphical applications, wireless notifications, or real-time content syndication, off-the-shelf Web tools can provide this today. Web peering is an immediately useful response to idiosyncratic, binary file-sharing protocols.

In the press for "new" P2P standards, there is a tendency to overlook what already works. NNTP provides group conferencing, SMTP enables instant messaging, and so on. When facing a new alphabet soup of "P2P" protocols, from Gnutella's to Napster's to BXXP to SOAP and beyond, it's worth stepping back to ask if the tools we need for real-time, person-to-person applications are already here. We believe Web peering is one answer: by creatively reusing existing HTTP standards with client/server pairs at each node, developers enjoy real-time notification, a standard namespace, and most importantly, a zero-install, scriptable development platform: the 4.x browser.

In world with billions of intelligent devices, it won't just be 'IP Everywhere' -- it will be 'HTTP Everywhere'. This talk provides an overview of the Two-Way Web and describes some of the key components to 'try this at home': Web transaction routers, microservers, even a zero-install JavaScript edition that can turn any static HTML page into a Two-Way Web application.

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